Becky Albertalli

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Becky Albertalli
Born (1982-11-17) November 17, 1982 (age 37)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
OccupationNovelist, psychologist
GenreYoung Adult, Romance, LGBT, Coming of Age
Notable worksSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Leah on the Offbeat, The Upside of Unrequited
SpouseBrian Albertalli

Rebecca Albertalli (born November 17, 1982)[1] is an American author of young adult fiction, best known for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which was adapted into the 2018 film Love, Simon.

Other works[edit]

A sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, titled Leah on the Offbeat was released in 2018 and won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fiction.[2] Her other works include The Upside of Unrequited and What If It's Us, the latter of which she co-wrote with Adam Silvera. Movie rights to What If It's Us sold to Anonymous Content in 2018, with Brian Yorkey attached as screenwriter.[3]



Creekwood Series

  1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Balzer + Bray, 2015)
  2. Leah on the Offbeat (Balzer + Bray, 2018)
  • What If It's Us, co-written with Adam Silvera (HarperTeen, 2018)
  • Yes No Maybe So, co-written with Aisha Saeed (2019)

Short Stories

  • in Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love (Henry Holt, 2018)


Year Title Director Screenwriters Based on Ref.
2018 Love, Simon Greg Berlanti Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda [4]

Personal life[edit]

Born and raised in the Atlanta metropolitan area, with her sister Caroline; where she still lives with her husband Brian, and sons, Owen and Henry.[5] Albertalli attended Wesleyan University and majored in psychology, before moving to Washington, D.C. and gaining a doctorate in clinical psychology.[6] She worked as a psychologist until 2012—when her first son was born—and subsequently decided to try writing a novel.[7]

Albertalli was raised in a Reform Jewish household.[8] Albertalli cites Australian author Jaclyn Moriarty as her primary inspiration in becoming a novelist.[9]



  1. ^ "Becky Albertalli: The Author Behind Love, Simon". Paper Clips Magazine.
  2. ^ "Best Books 2018". Goodreads. December 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Lang, Brent; Lang, Brent (2018-09-28). "'13 Reasons Why' Creator, Anonymous Content Team on 'What If It's Us' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  4. ^ Love, Simon, retrieved 2019-04-04
  5. ^ Corbett, Sue (2015-03-05). "First Look: 'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda'". Publisher's Weekly. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  6. ^ "About - Becky Albertalli". Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  7. ^ "FAQ - Becky Albertalli". Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  8. ^ David, Karen (March 29, 2018). "'People assume I'm not Jewish. It hurts'". The Jewish Chronicle.
  9. ^ Albertalli, Becky (2015-05-05). "My inspiration: Becky Albertalli on Jaclyn Moriarty". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  10. ^ Hetter, Katia (2016-01-11). "2016 Newbery, Caldecott awards honor best children's books". CNN. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  11. ^ Baker, Jennifer (2016-01-11). "Top Youth Lit". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  12. ^ "Buch: Nur drei Worte | Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur e.V." Retrieved 2019-04-04.

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